DP Dynamics of Inequality and Difference in the Age of Globalization

The aim of this Doctoral Program is to make the mechanisms in the construction and transformation of inequality and difference visible, especially through the perspective of migration. Inequality and difference, so the general assumption, are the result of social processes of negotiation through which access to and the right of disposal over material and immaterial resources are distributed. Vertical and horizontal disparities here intersect: Vertical inequality encompasses economic differences in income and wealth as well as in access to the means of production, the labor market, capital, credit, and welfare state services. Horizontal inequality includes diverging possibilities for social belonging and participation. The two forms overlap and strengthen or weaken each other intersectionally through the axes of global mechanisms of exclusion and inclusion such as racism, gender, and class relations, as well as linguicism. Migration and mobility constitute significant contexts for socially produced and reproduced forms of inequality and difference: Migration results from inequality, produces and transforms inequality, and makes inequality visible, just as processes of differentiation are changed and amplified by migration.

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